Ukrainian health workers, and thereby

strengthened their own ranks.

In light of all of these challenges, we were

looking for ways to make our energy

consumption more efficient. Hospitals

cannot afford to cut energy costs the same

way educational or social facilities can. We

were mainly working towards maintaining our

quality of care, which might have suffered due

to energy supply issues. We were able to let out

a slight sigh of relief in August, when the region

managed to secure electricity for its funded

organizations. Nonetheless, growing energy

prices are bound to have an effect on us.

Another challenge we are facing is that we

are lacking doctors. Last year we had to deal

with a shortage of pediatricians and doctors in

emergency rooms. We are proud of how we

handled that situation without having to close

down any pediatric offices in our hospitals.

Other achievements we can be proud of

include the successful funding of a dentistry

program at Ostrava University, opening

Czechia’s first Decontamination Unit for

Hazardous Waste disposal at Havířov

hospital, and opening three mental health

centers in Ostrava, Opava and Frýdek-Místek.

In 2023, we will continue in our

reconstruction projects for pavilion L and

construction of skywalks at the Opava

Silesian hospital. We are also looking forward

to updating the Rehabilitation Department

at the Třinec hospital. The largest portion of

our investments will go towards preparation

work for the modernization of the Specialist

Medical Institute in Metylovice and the

multifunctional pavilion in the Frýdek-Místek

hospital. We are also devoting significant

funds towards cyber security.

I believe that these steps will make our region

more attractive and offer our citizens diverse

options, not only in the medical field.

I wish everyone the best of luck in

tackling whatever 2023 it has in store

for us, especially if it is something we

cannot expect.

Dr. Martin Gebauer,


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